We only want to add a couple of things… first of all, for us this is particularly sad because we planned it to be the last XP8 concert, our farewell gig. And before you jump to conclusions: no, it’s not going to be easy to find an alternative. Especially not one as good as Alt-Fest was: that kinda exposure is something simply doesn’t come by these days. Not for us at least.
It looks like we’ll have to do without one last farewell party: we want to to thank all the people who contacted us, some offering alternatives, but none of them seem viable for us at this moment, especially given the fact we prepared pyros for this show and wanted to film it professionally.
Surely it’s a sign of how much you guys cared about it, and we thank you for that.
Furthermore, I am personally baffled by the comments I’ve been reading around: it looks like some people are actually happy that the festival failed, and did it so spectacularly. It feels like these people, maybe just the dreaded vocal minority of the web, but maybe not, are truly happy that pretty much the only big event the goth/industrial scene has seen outside Germany - EVER - was doomed to fall. It boggles my mind. But then again, these are those ultra-defender of the “underground” would rather die of ebola - very possible these days - than having 10 more people at their parties. These people are the very reason why this scene is fading away faster and faster. Elitism and sectarianism only brought a sterile soil, and turned away those youngsters who approached this genre and scene in the past few years: it’s not an uncommon view to see the blogs, tumblrs or twitters of guys and girls who embraced our music just a few years ago now having completely forsaken it, going to back to something more inclusive like metal or alt rock.
Finally, I’m equally baffled at how bad the Alt-Fest HQ handled the mess: the last 4 days have been a lesson in how to fail at social media under every aspect. It’s truly a disgrace. Adding this to the way they boasted to be “the biggest festival in the universe” and their repeated pleas to support it “in the name of the scene”, it gives out a very sad, almost pathetic image. These people basically frozen the UK alt scene for two whole years, jeopardising tour plans and putting club nights and the few other festivals at risk, and in the end they failed to deliver what they promised... and all they can say is "I'm sorry, we miscalculated". This is what happens when amateurs take the stage. To add insult to injury, at this point I can tell you that pretty much ALL THE HEADLINERS and their agents WERE contacted as the rumors of the cancellation started to spread by the various companies working on the logistics of the event. Yet the promoters left us and countless others completely in the dark, as we were just not good enough to even be included in a mass email. It seems they didn’t realise that even “just a day” would have made a hell of a difference, as not only we are all losing money but now we are also effectively losing time and the chance to reschedule our time, holidays and whatnot. I defended them for months when the naysayers started their annoying mumbling, but in retrospect I must say those naysayers were right.
I do wonder if their monthly event in London will still go on. I wouldn’t feel ok by supporting someone who just let so many people down like this: no matter what sort of problems they were trying to face, you just don’t keep people for four full days in the dark, when you get non-stop messages from people who spend hundreds if not thousands of cash in flights, trains, rentals and hotels. Still it seems that running a successful monthly club for the "alternative people" will give you a free pass for every fuck up you might end up doing, as the countless messages of absolution and support, even in the face of this inevitable demise, kept on popping over social media... sure, the minority in relation with the thousands of angry voices that were asking for the statement they released only today.
In closure: Alt-Fest is gone, and it’s a missed opportunity for everyone - maybe it was just too ambitious to being with, but it was the right thing to try, to breathe new life in an ageing, fading scene.
Sure, there are still other, genre-specific festivals out there, and some are bloody good. But by closing the boundaries more and more we are just dying out. XP8 is disappearing. Straftanz is gone already. More will follow as more already fell over the past few years. Maybe most of you won’t care, or even notice, but when in a few years or even less the only bands you’ll get to see live will be the ones already headlining every German festival, just realise who of you had, too, a part in all of this. *
- Marco Visconti
* = and to some of the Americans out there, reading this: no, there won’t be any real coldwave comeback. Enjoy the little hype the Wax Trax! 2.0 bands are going for now before the entire, inevitable demise. *fnord*
ALT-FAIL: or how things have ended...
August 04, 2014, 12:02:pm
do what they did on Wayne's world when they were trying to put on WayneStock if their festival is cancelled make your own! and get bands together and put on the biggest and greatest festival you can! ^-^ I don't know I'm trying here :x but seriously a lot of people doubt alternative bands and don't want to do the shows their all for rap,hip hop,and pop >.<
ALT-FAIL: or how things have ended...
August 04, 2014, 01:21:pm
The UK industrial scene still has Infest and Resistanz Festival. It's a shame that Alt-fest got cancelled. I guess that the organizers bit off more than they could chew with regards to the line-up and the budget needed to host this event. I feel sorry for all the bands and everyone who bought a ticket to the event. I hope that they get their money back.
ALT-FAIL: or how things have ended...
August 09, 2014, 12:49:am
I was pretty sad that I wasn't going to make it to this in the first place due to my money situation. So when I heard it was cancelled I was in a weird state. Slightly glad that I didn't spend a bunch of time and money to try and make it but sad because this seemed like one of the best festivals ever. There was so much to this that made me so excited. Band after band that I love and adore and have wanted to see for so many years and it's horrible to see how it's fallen apart for everyone. But the people whom put it together clearly had no idea what they were doing. And it's a shame because they promised the world but gave us all but grains of sand. I suppose it was just too good to be true and inevitable.I'm also sadden to hear that I won't get to see an XP8 show now. I've loved you're guys work for years and have never had an ability to see a show and, to the best of my knowledge, never heard you guys play in Kansas City. But alas I wish the best for you.
ALT-FEST: one month to go... come to see us live for the last time!
July 15, 2014, 07:35:am
I guess this is a situation where the subject really "says it all": Alt-Fest is exactly in one month, and it will be the last XP8 concert - at least for the foreseeable future.
Over the past years it became more and more difficult to book shows, and this is the first time in our career where we don't have anything booked after this one... sadly, it also seems like nothing is going to magickally appear either.
So come to see us at Alt-Festfor one last big party together: we'll make sure it's going to be a memorable one!
One year after the successful release of Adrenochrome and its follow-up remix EP, Meathead’s Lost HD, we are back and ready to unleash the Alchemy Series: three EPs planned to be released no more than six months to each other, an non-stop audio assault that will once again set aflame the alternative dancefloors worldwide with its mixture of old and new influences from the classic sounds of trance to the modern beats of EDM.
Three releases as three are the phases of the Alchemical process, said to transform the lower metals such as lead into gold, and which is nothing else but a veiled allegory of the initiatory path from man to Godhead.
The journey starts on June 6th, 2014 with One Of Three: Nigredo.
Nigredo, or blackness, in alchemy means putrefaction or decomposition. The alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher's stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter. In analytical psychology, the term became a metaphor 'for the dark night of the soul, when an individual confronts the shadow within'.
Four new songs, no filler: see you on the dancefloor.
FREE SONG DOWNLOAD free song download for the 17 years of VP
January 09, 2014, 09:33:am
Last New Year's Eve was also the last Vampire Party ever, held in its original location in Antwerp, Belgium. After 17 years and due to the dwindling attendance, another classic party here in Europe closed its doors, and it's even sadder since in May 2013 the Vampire Party Live event was super successful and it seemed possible to breathe new life into the goth/ebm/industrial scene in Belgium... but instead, it was its swan song.
With XP8 we wrote this song as the official VP Theme, which was supposed to be released in a USB stick and given to the crowds of VP Live 2014: instead, here it is as free download.
He gets up from his desk and walks the window.
It’s been two years since he’s decided to swap his boring view of Kobe port with a rendition of Shin-Iwaki. Well, maybe not a faithful reproduction of the present state of his native town, but the nano-LEDs embedded in his windowpane glass show him what it will eventually look like, once the post-meltdown reconstruction works end.
He looks out and sighs, he’s engulfed in a whirlwind of emotions so foreign to him that mostly he’s aware of his surprise of feeling so much, so deeply.
Watching the live feed of the girl running away, escaping his extraction team, he had felt the sharp taste of panic rising to his throat, but it had since subsided to something else, something warped and new: his brain producing a bio-chemical remix to re-interpret his original state.
An alert flash in his glasses and he jacks in again:
[Yes, McGee, I do hope you have finally have some good news for me, yes?]
[Err, no Sir, unfortunately the trail on the two targets has gone cold. We were able to detain the facilitator though. Roland Baker, AKA Meathead, AKA TwoDee, AKA… yes Sir, sorry, he’s a local hacker and Milner and Fox are interrogating him at the moment.]
He walks back to his chair and slouches down noisily. It’s so out of character, and he attributes his changes to all his recent dealing with uncouth gaijin.
[McGee, your company is proving to be a rather disappointing choice of contractor on our part. At least don’t fail to keep me informed of any development in the search and the questioning.]
[Yes Sir, absolutely... Actually, we retrieved a data storage device when apprehending the facilitator. I’s just a few TB of encrypted material, but I imagine you would be interested in having it checked out?]
As everyone will remember, on May 2013 we ran our first fundraiser to put together the budget to print Adrenochrome as a deluxe digipack.
Among the many perks we offered, there was one that went something like "let's collaborate and write a song together": Gerry and Jadei of Hope Estheim bought that straight away, and Heartless Disaster is the result of that collaboration - and one of our best songs to date.
With a great remix by Studio-X to boost, you can download it for free (or pay how much you want for it) on our Bandcamp as well as Hope Estheim's!